What Dreams May Come: Remembering Robin Williams

Five years ago, today, the world lost an icon, who endeared himself to people all over the world, through his art. The late, great, Robin Williams. Robin was more than just a comedian. He was a man who wore many hats, all of which brought joy to everyone who was a witness. Manifesting a 35 plus year career, exhibiting versatility, no comedian could even think to muster.

In addition, to stand up comedy, he did dramatic acting, comedic acting, impressions and mastered the art of improv. William’s film roles could make you laugh, cry and even feel scared. He embodied everything an actor wished to be.

One of my favorite things about Robin was his ability to make me yearn for simpler times. He was a reserved man, yet his array of emotions spilled out into his work. It was a universal truth from a man who was in pain. His charitable works through comic relief were that of great inspiration and admiration. He was extremely dedicated to helping the homeless, and others all over the world. Beyond the Hollywood face, was a real human, who sought and told truth. Everyone knows the public displays of Robin’s issues with alcohol and depression. Comedians are some of the most sensitive, tragic bunch.

I could go through the laundry list of all of his best films. I love several of them, including Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting(Oscar win), and What Dreams May Come. Yet reducing Robin to a list would do him no justice. We all felt like we knew him. Me, personally, I grew up inspired by comedy. So when William’s really evolved, I was in awe. I won’t begin to know why he died. I just hope he got the relief, he was so driven to providing for other people. Fly high, Mr. Williams. The one thing most poignant in all this is to be kind. That’s the lesson in this tale. Farewell, good man.

Corey Reighn